Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe feels beleaguered Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has regained his confidence and appeared to be in reasonable form to score a century in the first Test beginning in Hamilton on Wednesday.
"One man who will go into the Test matches with a lot of confidence from the Indian line-up would be Rahul Dravid. I worked with him closely during last year's Indian Premier League (IPL). He has obviously shown that he is in reasonable form in the warm-up game for Canterbury," Crowe wrote in his column cricketnirvana on Tuesday.
"He is still a determined class act. I would imagine that if he can get in early in the first Test and feel comfortable, then the memories of batting in New Zealand where he has scored hundreds before will be there to help him to find three figures once more," he said.
Crowe said the combined effect of Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman gives Indian batting an edge going into the Test series.
"It is the experience of Rahul, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar combined with Virender Sehwag which will give India's batting an added bow going into the Test matches this week."